An electric boat that aspires to be champion in autonomy: the Candela C-8 promises up to 50 nautical miles for 290,000 euros
It’s not new that yachts and pleasure boats have jumped on the electric moor train, but precisely because of that, as these engines spread across the open sea, racing and records are also born. And there is a Swedish company that seems determined to launch electric boats on the market that can beat all their rivals in some respect, such as the Candela C-8.
According to the company, it is the electric boat with greater autonomy in the current market, as well as the C-7 (another product of this manufacturer) claims to be the fastest electric ferry. A record that can be written down for now, given that it may be stolen in just over a month.
Sailing “through the air” at 30 knots
It is a ship of 8.5 meters in length, making it a little longer than the C-7. It seats eight seated passengers, a deckchair and there are beds for four people, it has a toilet and has a 55 kW engine.
The C-8 sails “flying” by having a fin that lifts it off the surface, in the style of boats such as those used in the America’s Cup and other areas, thereby reducing aerodynamic drag. According to Candela, in this case is reduced by 80%, with which more speed is reached and noise is reduced.
The maximum speed of the ship is 56 kilometers per hour (30 knots), achieving a range of 50 nautical miles (93 kilometers) thanks to a 44 kWh battery. It is not the largest battery we have seen in electric boats, in fact we recently saw that the Yara Birkeland, the first fully electric and autonomous cargo ship, has a battery of no more and no less than 7 MWh inside. Although the one that seems to be its most direct rival is the one, which promises between 70 and 100 nautical miles with a 350 kWh battery.
The C-8 is not a concept or something whose availability is yet to be determined. The brand expects to start production in January 2022, so allow time to gather the 290.000 euros which costs the C-8.
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